When Sidney and Lois Eskenazi contributed $40 million in June 2011, it marked one of the greatest philanthropic gifts ever to the people of Central Indiana, and one of the largest gifts ever made to a public hospital in the United States.
The remarkable contribution of the Eskenazis embodies the Hoosier spirit and the spirit of philanthropy. Over the last two years, Sidney and Lois Eskenazi have met and engaged with Eskenazi Health employees and physicians, toured the new facilities, shared remarks at important events including the ribbon cutting for the new campus, and continued to support the Eskenazi Health Foundation’s philanthropic efforts.
With the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus now open, the name Eskenazi becomes synonymous with leadership in health care, environmental design, public art and architecture. First and foremost, though, the name Eskenazi is synonymous with generosity. And we are thankful.
About Sidney and Lois
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi live in the Indianapolis area. Sidney Eskenazi grew up in Indianapolis and both he and Lois Eskenazi are Indiana University graduates. Sidney Eskenazi established a successful real estate development company, Sandor Development Company, in 1963 and has built it into one of the nation’s leaders, with more than 70 properties under management in 23 states. Sidney Eskenazi continues to manage operations, along with his son, David Eskenazi, at the Indianapolis office of Sandor, which Sidney Eskenazi named after his daughters, Sandy and Dori.
“We are deeply moved by Eskenazi Health’s broad and important mission, and its ability to have an impact on the lives of so many people throughout our community,” said Sidney Eskenazi. Sidney and Lois Eskenazi have a long history of philanthropic support in the Indianapolis community, including Eskenazi Hall at the Indiana University Herron School of Art and Design. “We are pleased to offer this gift for Eskenazi Health, for the people of Indianapolis and Central Indiana, and we are deeply touched by their decision to name the hospital and health system in our honor.”
“This hospital and health system affect so many lives in such a positive way, especially those of our community’s most vulnerable populations, that we feel it has no equal and offers us the greatest opportunity to contribute to the entire community,” said Lois Eskenazi. “In the process of learning everything we can about this institution, we have fallen in love with it and are tremendously excited to support its mission with this gift.”
On Dec. 7, 2013, the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital opened to care for all in our community, while the Eskenazi Health name extends across the campus as well as to the health system’s nearly 30 primary care and mental health care sites across Marion County.